We are so amazed at the countless ways people can portray Frida Kahlo. Whether you’re posting an Instagram picture of this Mexican queen or impersonating her at a Frida festival, the options are truly endless. Just look at the Ruben Dario Villa, a Chicano artist and designer, who has created a stunning image of Frida but not with paint but with Mexican gum known as Chiclets.
So how could an artist use those tiny pieces a gum to make a portrait? Villa seems to have first designed his image and then worked on it by hand. Check it out.
As you can see the image of Frida was visually depicted on his screen and he had to match each Chiclet to his vision.
Villa said it took him almost 6,000 Chiclets to make this extraordinary portrait. Check out the finished product below!
The portrait is part of a group show in San Francisco’s Mission District and can be seen at the restaurant Puerto Alegre. The show is titled “El Color y El Dolor: A Frida Inspired Art Show,” and it opened less than a month ago but will be on view for another month.
View this post on Instagram
Artist @rdvious and owner of @fuchilafresheners stole the show with his conceptually based Frida portrait done entirely out of #chiclets. If you don't know Chiclets are an inexpensive Mexican bubble gum usually sold by children in the streets of Mexico. He's an amazing artist and designer and he's young, smart and ambitious. Look out for future works by this man and see the original at my curated show #ElColorYElDolor: A Frida Inspired Art Show. It runs for two months in San Francisco's beautiful #missiondistrict
Nice work, Ruben! Can’t wait to see your next creation.